Christmas Lighting Display

This year’s lighting display launch will be on Friday, November 18th at 5:45 p.m.

The annual launch of the Belleville Christmas Lighting display is the kick off to the Christmas Season in beautiful Belleville.  More than a thousand people attend the inaugural lighting of the display at Jane Forrester Park where the historic, sentimental Foster display comes alive and when the new additions to the display light with magical brilliance.  The evening kicks off with festive music and the young and young-at-heart count down to the moment the displays are lit for the first time each year.

Thousands more residents and visitors view the display from the first Friday after Remembrance Day to the first week in January.  Visiting the display has fast become a cherished tradition for many families as part of their Christmas Eve routine.  Franklin Tours generously donates a coach bus which makes stops throughout the City to bring people down to the display where special Christmas entertainment plays at 6:30pm each Wednesday night until Christmas Eve. 

This incredible display is made possible by the generous support of our many sponsors.  Each year a fundraising campaign successfully supports City Councils' contribution to this much loved holiday creation.  If you or your business are interested in sponsoring this beautiful display please contact the Economic and Strategic Initiatives Department at Belleville City Hall – 613-967-3238.

Christmas Lighting Display Committee:

Chair Councillor Garnet Thompson
Councillor Jackie Denyes
Councillor Paul Carr
Annis Ross
Peter Ross
(Santa’s helpers:  Heather Henderson, Larry Glover, Karen Poste)

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Santa Level Sponsors

  • McDougall Insurance
  • Veridian Connections
  • Quinte Welding
  • Triangle Fluid Controls
  • John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation


Elf Level Sponsors

  • Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG)
  • The Culloden Family
  • Battlefield Equipment Rentals
  • Pace Design
  • Quinte Broadcasting
  • Starboard Communications


Reindeer Level Sponsors

  • Mackay Insurance
  • W.T. Hawkins Ltd.
  • BCS Automation
  • Madison Excavating and Contracting
  • RBC Royal Bank

Candy Cane Level Sponsors

  • Impacto Protective Products
  • Cunningham Swan LLP
  • Doug Whitley Insurance
  • The Sernas Group
  • Avaya Community Volunteers
  • Tal Trees Power Services
  • Scotiabank
  • Jim and Nancy Moore
  • DK Electric

Stocking Stuffer Level Sponsors

  • Lexassist
  • Templeman, Menninga LLP
  • Union Gas
  • Hanley Corporation
  • Canadian Tire Belleville (the McCullough Family)
  • Bel-Con Design-Builders Ltd,
  • CBM
  • Kente Property Management
  • Tipper Financial Services

Ornament Level Sponsors

  • Burr Insurance
  • Guthrie Engineering
  • Bayshore Credit Union
  • R. Marikkar and J. Rahumathulla
  • Watson Land Surveyors
  • Ems-Tech Inc.
  • Quinte Ballet School
  • Newman Oliver
  • McCarten Insurance
  • Fitzgibbon Construction
  • The Ainley Group
  • Belleville Toyota

Historic beginning of the Christmas Light Display:

One tragic Christmas Eve in 1958, the lives of two promising young Belleville men were cut short.  Billy Foster and Arthur “Sonny” Culloden died suddenly as a result of a horrific car crash near Plainfield.  As a tribute to the son they lost, Don and Rita Foster started a Christmas Light display that soon grew to delight the young and young at heart.  For more than 50 years this light display has been enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors and the City of Belleville is pleased to have taken on the refurbishment of this historic display with the generous support of the Culloden family and the Belleville community. 

A fitting acknowledgement of a Christmas tragedy, this display is intended to remind even the broken hearted that love never ends and life is for the living.

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Christmas Lighting Display Sponsorship Brochure

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